Michael’s Monday Meditations



Today I pondered what I might write in my Meditations. The Lord laid on my heart what I’m about to share.
This Friday, we celebrate the birth of our living Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Yes, I’m aware that the unbelieving love to point out the pagan roots to celebrating the winter solstice, and yes, I’m aware of the fact that Jesus, in all likelihood was actually born in the autumn rather than the winter. And yes, the unbelieving also point out that they consider the virgin birth to be a fairy tale, just as they consider all things biblical to be.
However, we as believers have embraced what is written in the inerrant Word of God. Let those critics criticize. To me, if the Word of God says that Jesus was born of a virgin after a Divine conception, I believe it. If The Bible says that Noah built an ark, I believe it. If the word of God says that the Red Sea was parted during the Israelite exodus, I believe it. If the Word of God says that a donkey spoke to Balaam, I believe it. If the Bible says that Jesus was crucified and rose up out of the grave to be at the right hand of the Father, I believe it. And for us as believers, our belief in the Truth of the scriptures forms the foundation of every other decision we make in our lives.
Let us examine many who are lost, who feel that we are fools. 1 Cor. 1:18 says, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Cor. 2:14 tells us, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Isaiah 44:18, “They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.” John 12:40, “He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.”
The lost have rejected the truth, because they are blind, and from that starting position of a lie, live their lives based on that lie, which leads them to far less than what God would be able to give them, even when it appears they have all the material possessions in the world, or all of the power and fame the flesh desires. In the end, it is all vast hollowness; Ecclesiastes 1:2 says, “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” In the New Testament, Matthew in Chapter 16:26 puts it this way, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” So the lost go forth seeking to please the flesh, in all of those venues, meanwhile rejecting what God would have for them both for work and for blessing and to be a blessing to others.
Meanwhile, we, the redeemed, often times have, by worldly standards, a more difficult road. We firmly trust the Word of God, and we know from our relationship with Jesus that He is trustworthy, loving, merciful, patient, kind, fills our lives with joy and peace, and keeps His promises. Often, this does not translate into the type of power and wealth as the world sees it. Keep in mind, that was true of Jesus when He walked this earth as well, for the Jews sought political might and an earthly kingdom. God had something far more eternal in mind. Yet, through faith, we stay the course that God has set us on, daily seeking what the Lord would have us do, what He would have us speak, and what He would have us do. Because we believe the truth in scripture, our lives are based upon a completely different foundation than that of the lost. We know that the things that matter most cannot be touched and actually have ETERNAL implications. All that the lost gain, or all that we reap as believers from our sinful base nature will be completely consumed by fire one day. All that we do for the glory of Jesus and the furtherance of His kingdom, shall survive the flame of God’s wrath and justice and not only survive Holy Judgment, but be purified in the process. 1 Cor. 3:13-15 addresses this, “each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”
So how does what I have written thus far have to do with the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord? It is all about Jesus, our embrace of the Truth, our rejection of the lies of Satan, and the foundation that we build our lives upon. When you begin at the lie, as the lost do, short of finally coming to acknowledgement of truth, there is NO WAY to set your compass to the Truth destination, and what the lost see as truth is actually deceit and the lie of Satan. But when you begin life’s journey established upon Truth, keeping our eyes upon Jesus, we not only live Truth, but we will arrive at Truth at the end of our lives, for that is how our moral compass has been reset supernaturally, Divinely by God Himself. When everything happening in our personal lives and what we see around us in the world today in the lives of others is measured by and filtered through The Holy Word of God, everything, both the broken and the good and holy, makes PERFECT SENSE. THIS LIFE WE LIVE IS A SPIRITUAL BATTLE. And flawed as we are, being human, even as believers, God counts our work and our worship as righteousness because of the Spirit in which we live our lives when we follow Him in obedience. John 4:24 states, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
So is it not GOOD NEWS, this Child King that we celebrate this week, and hopefully each and every day we are alive, that had He not been born, the world would be completely dark and without hope? It sure is GOOD NEWS to me, and I hope it is to you as well. And might I ask, if you do not believe today, why not ask Jesus into your life today? Remember that 1970’s quotation, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life?” He will TRANSFORM your life, shape your thinking, positively affect your attitudes, and quite frankly, don’t all of us need transformation of one kind or another? Won’t you permit this day, TODAY, to be the FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE LIVING FOR GOD INSTEAD OF SELF? I’d sooner turn it over to Christ (and I have) than I would any human being or any other religion or philosophy.
MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone and as we enter into the coming new year, may the Spirit of God fill you and may you walk in trust, obedience and love in relationship to Jesus1 And this is the prayer I pray for myself, too. God bless you!

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